NVIDIA Discrete GPU Market Share Grew To 81.2% In Q4 2018

Jon Peddie Research has published their latest GPU market share report. It looks like NVIDIA has gained a major chunk of the market during Q4 2018, compared to AMD. According to the report overall GPU shipments decreased by 2.65% (quarter to quarter). During the same quarter, the GPU shipments were down 3.3% (year/year), desktop graphics were down 20% (year/year) and notebook shipments increased by 8% (year/year). This makes Q4 2018 the worst to hit the market and below the 10 year average of 11.59% increase.

“The channel’s demand for add-in boards (AIBs) in early 2018 was out of sync with what was happening in the market,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president and founder of Jon Peddie Research. “As a result, the channel was burdened with too much inventory. That has impacted sales of discrete GPUs in Q4, and will likely be evident in Q1, and Q2’19 as well.”

“The fourth quarter is normally flat to up seasonally, “said Dr. John Peddie, President, and founder of Jon Peddie Research. “However, this quarter we found that AIB shipments decreased from the last quarter by 10.7%, which is which is below the ten-year average of a 2.3% decrease. This has largely been attributed to the hang-over of the crypto-mining gold rush.”

During the same quarter PC shipments did see an increase of 1.61%, which is a good sign for the DIY market.

  • Discrete GPUs were in 27.78% of PCs, which is down -3.83% from last quarter.
  • The overall PC market increased by 1.61% quarter-to-quarter and decreased -3.79% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -10.75% from last quarter.
  • Q4’18 saw a no change in tablet shipments from last quarter.

Overall total sales from AIB partners amounted to over $2.8 Billion in the fourth quarter of 2018. The market share for NVIDIA currently stands at 81.2% (74.3% during Q3 2018) and 18.8% for AMD (25.7% during Q3 2018). Without AMD releasing a real contender to NVIDIA’s 20 Series graphics cards expect that market share to increase or at least remain the same.

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